In the Novus Ordo calendar it is the Feast of St. John Neumann (+1860) and also of St. Edward the Confessor (+1066).
However, it is also the Vigil of Epiphany and feast of St. Telesphorus (c. 137). St. Irenaeus says he was martyred, which would have been in the time of Antoninus Pius. To Telesphorus is attributed the singing of the Gloria at Mass.
On the Feast of St. Telesphorus I always think of my old friend Fr. Robert Altier, who had a devotion to to him, perhaps because of his connection with the Carmelites who venerate him. Fr. A (I am Fr. Z… we were the Alpha and Omega, in a sense) would say that he would pray to St. Telesphorus – whom pretty much nobody invokes – because he has less to do than other saints and can work on my petition.
I’m not sure if that’s how Heaven’s intercessors get things done, but it’s amusing. And if it gets someone to invoke a nearly forgotten saint, it’s worth it.
Anyway, a prayer right now, please, for my old friend, whom I haven’t seen in years. Perhaps a Hail Mary?
A bonus shot from Rome.
Liturgically, can Telesphorus be celebrated today.
On that score… a note about Ordos. I was sent only one this year… and it was LAST YEAR’s. Thanks, FSSP.